Rumors suggest ‘Nexus’ brand may be retired for new Google smartphones


In what will probably be seen as a major change for Google and their efforts to provide hardware to consumers, sources are indicating that the company may be abandoning the “Nexus” brand for the next round of smartphones slated for release this fall. According to a variety of sources and leaks, Google is planning to move their own brand to the forefront, although it is unclear whether “Google” will take the place of “Nexus” or some other brand will be used. In any case, indications are that the Android purists’ favored brand is on the verge of retirement. Read more

What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat


The next version of Android is finally upon us in a stable form ready for public use, meaning you could be using Android 7.0 Nougat on your phone or tablet as early as today. Google is sending out the software update to its Nexus devices with things we’ve known about for months but perhaps you need a refresher. While the company says there are “over 250 major features” in Nougat, it’s impossible to go over all of them as not everything is completely noticeable. Luckily, Google provided a great rundown of each and every thing that’s new in Nougat.

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Hangouts On Air migrates to YouTube Live from September 12


Google  announced the rollout of its video chat app, Duo, earlier today, but as it’s launching one new service, the search giant is also stripping a function away from an existing app, Google+. No longer will Hangouts On Air live broadcasts be tied to Google’s often overlooked, cherished by some, social media app. From September 12th, users wanting to start live broadcasts will have to so via YouTube Live. Read more

This is the first live shot of Google’s Sailfish, one of its next phones


We’re probably just weeks away from Google launching its latest round of Nexus hardware, but everyone already knows a whole lot about what’s coming. The next HTC-made phones from the line, known internally as Marlin and Sailfish, will be nearly identical aside from a couple of things.

Over the weekend, a publication shared the world’s first live shot of Google’s Sailfish and revealed design details.

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Google wants to add 24 new locations to its superfast wireless internet test


When Google announced it would roll out its high-speed internet service, Fiber, throughout the US, perhaps the search giant underestimated how long and how expensive the exercise would prove to be. According to an FCC filing, Google is exploring its expansion options by applying for permission to expand its experimental wireless transmission technology to potentially cover up to 24 new locations in the US. Join us after the break for more details.  Read more